Suicide awareness group officially launched

A new group has been officially launched in South Tipperary, to help save lives, and families, from the destruction of suicide.

A new group has been officially launched in South Tipperary, to help save lives, and families, from the destruction of suicide.

The Community Suicide Awareness Workers (C-SAW) group has been established with the aim of opening a suicide prevention facility in Clonmel, serving all of South Tipperary and the environs.

It also aims to raise awareness and education about suicide, provide the necessary support for people with suicidal ideation, and families that havebeen bereaved by suicide.

C-SAW is spearheaded by localman Joe Leahy, with about 20 volunteers representing a varies cross secytion of society. Mr Leahy has organised several successful suicide awareness campaigns in the last two years and was spurred on to pursue the opening of such a facility in Clonmel because of the feedback from these events.

C-SAW was also formed as a result of increased deaths by suicide in South Tipperary. In 2012, 12 people died by suicide, while the 2013 number is expected to exceed that, according to Mr Leahy.